A rising star DJ out of Haggerston, East London, DJ Ty Ty has been on the grind since 15 years old. In this interview with Vanessa Felix, he explains the impact, motivation and how he developed his career.
So, most people know you are the youngest baddest DJ. .. agreed. What is your real name, and what is the justification behind your stage name?
My real name is Tyreese Davis and my stage name is DJ TyTy. I was named Ty Ty before I was actually DJing It’s really just a short way of saying my real name and yes, people say I’m the youngest and the baddest DJ!”
Who are your inspirations and Why did you choose to become a DJ?
My inspirations are Tim Westwood, Ras Kwame and David Rodigan. I originally chose to become a DJ because I like to study new things, and I also love music so I thought to myself “let me try out DJing”. I guess I have surprised a lot of people… also I’ve got a huge family that are into reggae and dancehall music.
So, How did your homegrown mix get broadcast on Capital Xtra, and are you looking to be a permanent DJ for the station?
My homegrown mix got broadcasted on Capital Xtra on Robert Bruce Show. He allowed me to be heard and noticed. I created a mix from home in result to this I sent it over to him. However I would love to be a DJ on Capital Xtra at 6.30 but I will be at that prime of doing so properly at the age of 18. All of Capital Xtra’s listeners did love the mix as it was a mixture of Afrobeats, Dancehall, and Hip Hop.
However my own audience know me for my dancehall mixes. These mixes can be found on Soundcloud, Audiomack and Mixcloud.
Do you see yourself as an underground DJ?
Yes. I see myself as an underground DJ because I play at private events, underground black radio stations and clubs. But my aim is to broadcast my mixes to a diverse audience, and Londoners have an interest dancehall music.
Ty Ty you have been involved in so many festivals this spring/summer 2021. Which outdoor occasions have you attended?
I have been apart of the MnM Festival with my sound ‘Strictly Vybz Sound’. It was fun. And it was a great experience also felt good to be on stage.
White Yardie, Capital Xtra and Tim Westwood see a humble guy with a musical mindset. 100% talent. Tell us more..
White Yardie and Tim Westwood have been very supportive on my journey. Both of them recognised me on my live streams on instagram; and from that we developed a strong bond. White Yardie has been great we follow each other on social media. Westwood shouts me out on Capital Xtra every Saturday night and just has been admiring my talent!
Recently you preformed on Ras Kwame’s Reggae Recipe Live event. How did you feel about the show and do you see yourself hosting your own productions, events or parties?
I was happy to be apart of the Reggae Recipe Live show! On air Ras Kwame has been there for me and it was also a great experience being around musicians that are very popular such as Stefflon Don, Stylo G and Alicai Harley. In the future I would like to plan and host my own functions… So far, I’ve been asked to DJ at weddings, festivals and concerts.
Lets talk about lockdown… did you learn about who you are just by DJing on instagram live? And were you surprised by the encouragement you gained from the artists ?
I was surprised that I learnt a new skill during the quarantine. I worked hard and was very confident so I couldn’t fail. A lot of Jamaican musicians such as I Wayne, Charly Black, Stylo G and lots more took part in joining me on instagram during my live performances, so I’m glad to have achieved that level of support.
What is ‘Ty Ty Talks With’, and how did it start?
Ty Ty Talks With is my independent project I started in April. My main focus is to interview a recording artist from the Caribbean or around the world, every Thursday 8PM on my instagram Official DJ TY TY.
Where is your head at right now. And despite openly proceeding your own path, what is your next move?
My next move is really to get my talent and work exposed more. As you know I have my own show ‘TY TY Talks With,’ it showcases other ideas in relation to segments of the media & entertainment industry such as music, promoting and presenting. It carries my name throughout the music industry in the UK to Jamaica.
Apart from this, I am going to continue on being a radio presenter for Flames Radio. Saturday afternoons from 4-6PM not to be missed.
So Dancehall artist Govana is related to you, are you hoping to collaborate with him and other Jamaican artists in the future?
I would love to work with him and other Jamaican artists. It is also good to feed off each other’s energy and exposure in the dancehall scene.
Legends in the game from Wayne Wonder to Serani both respect your passion for Dancehall and Reggae music Do you plan to produce an album in the future?
I would love to work with Wayne Wonder and Serani as I have already interviewed them. Both have remained in the game for so long I would love to get a freestyle with them and put it out as a track or record for now.
What other genres of music do you create mixtapes for? And where can people download it from or have a listen?